Boston dance instructors discuss lessons, prices

Boston dance instructors discuss lessons, prices

What styles of dancing do you teach?

Liz Nania: "I teach the partner dances such as salsa, swing, ballroom - all the fun stuff. Our studio also offers belly dance and hip-hop."

Patrik Kisucky: "We teach ballroom and Latin dances."

Liz Miller: "Any style of partner dance, but I pretty much do any style of dance as well. My particular specialty is crazy swing dancing."

How do you charge for dance lessons and what's the cost?

Liz Nania: "Private lessons vary from $55 to $80 an hour. The group sessions are about $89 per session."

Patrik Kisucky: "We charge for each 45-minute individual lesson. It goes from $70 to $90, depending on the level of the instructor."

Liz Miller: "If they come to the hotel where I teach, it's $75 an hour. If I come to my customers' homes, that's more expensive."

Have shows like "Dancing with the Stars" helped your business?

Liz Nania: "It's been great. It has expanded people's awareness and shows people how cool it is."

Patrik Kisucky: "People are saying it's helping business because people are talking more about dancing."

Liz Miller: "Yes. Everybody wants to dance now."

Do your clients need to practice outside of class?

Liz Nania: "Outside practice is a great help. The more you practice, the faster you progress."

Patrik Kisucky: "Practice outside of class is recommended but not often done unless they have a partner."

Liz Miller: "I recommend they practice five minutes the day after the class and 10 minutes two other days that same week."

What is your experience in this industry?

Liz Nania: "I've been teaching for 20 years."

Patrik Kisucky: "I've been dancing for 17 years. My wife and I competed all over Europe and we still compete in the United States."

Liz Miller: "I've been teaching dance since 1997. I have a master's in counseling psychology and dance therapy."

How do you handle the most dancing-challenged clients?

Liz Nania: "I just work from where they're at, take it slow and remind them this is something they can do with patience."

Patrik Kisucky: "I like to have beginners come in. You have to remember how you felt when you started."

Liz Miller: "I start by distinguishing right from left. I don't worry about dancing to the beat until they're comfortable with basic movement." 

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